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Hockey New Zealand has announced a big week of hockey in November with the Black Sticks Women to face Australia in a three test series and the Black Sticks Men to play four internationals against Japan.The first five games – including all three Australia games – will be held at the National Hockey Stadium in Newtown with the final two tests being played at the Coastlands Kapiti Sports Turf in Paraparaumu.
Trans-Tasman rivals Australia - ranked second in the world and Commonwealth Games gold medallists - have a close track record against the fourth ranked Black Sticks Women. Most recently, the Black Sticks drew with Australia at the FIH World Cup, lost in a penalty shoot-out in the 2013 Oceania Cup Final, and claimed one-goal wins in the two encounters prior to that. The Black Sticks Men have a strong track record against Japan only losing one of the 19 official tests played in the last decade. It will be the first time since the Glasgow Commonwealth Games that the team will have played, with head coach Colin Batch testing out his 2015 National Squad. The last time that the Black Sticks Men played in Wellington was against India in February 2009.